"Izola - Forgotten town on the Adriatic" Izola by Willettsworld

Izola Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 82 photos

Izola, (or Isola meaning island in Italian, as it once was an island), is located on the coast of Slovenia between Koper and Piran. It was occupied by the Romans, (who named their settlement Haliaetum), at Simon’s Bay just along the coast from today’s Old Town. The town flourished under the Venetians in the Middle Ages thanks to its trade in olives, fish and wine and a town wall was built around the island. However, a devastating plague in the 16th century all but ended its trading routes and the town lost its economic base. The French came along under Napoleon in the 19th century, tore down the walls and filled in the estuary to make the island part of the mainland and also destroyed several old churches and houses for good measure. The town hasn’t really recovered since and because of this, it isn’t a big tourist destination. But there are a few nice things to see such as the parish church of St Maurus and its bell tower, the large marina and a Rococo gem in the form of the Besenghi degli Ughi Palace – the best example you can find in Slovenia. I visited Izola one morning and also had lunch here before heading back to where I was staying in Koper in the afternoon in order to travel on to Trieste. The old town medieval centre is a lot smaller than its neighbours and so doesn’t need more than 2-3 hours to walk around.

  • Last visit to Izola: Jul 2006
  • Intro Written Sep 30, 2006
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  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Great page about Izola. We are now in Trieste but unfortunately won't have time to check out all the surroundings as we travel by public transport.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    We are to be around here in the spring and will try to visit this quaint village to see the sites you reference. Good pictures you took

  • Sep 16, 2008 at 4:26 AM

    How much are the tickets to Piran, Portoroz and Koper. And how much is bus to triest?

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    Thanks for introducing me to Izola. It looks lovely and I enjoyed your photographs and commentary.

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